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Health system works to merge EHRs and establish a universal LHR definition

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 1, 2014

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While it can be challenging to define your organization's legal health record (LHR), one health system in Denver is proving that collaboration and perseverance can lead to an effective LHR and EHR.

 
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) Health System operates eight hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children's mental health center, and more than 190 ambulatory service centers in Colorado, Kansas, and Montana. SCL Health originally used various EHRs and applications to capture patient information, but sought to select one EHR for use across the entire organization. This would allow the system to effectively manage patient-related data and documents and establish a consistent definition of an LHR so everyone would know what information should be retained and released, says Barbara Manor, MA, RHIA, vice president of HIM at SCL Health.
 
"Defining the LHR is difficult for organizations who may be in an electronic hybrid state, where all of the output from their EHR is not being housed completely in an electronic document management system, and still may have fragmented discrete data elements and templates that are in an active clinician-based EHR system," says Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, president of HIMentors, LLC, in Westchester, Illinois.
 
Continue reading "Health system works to merge EHRs and establish a universal LHR definition" on the HCPro website. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have free access to this article in the December issue.



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